Forecasters say the conditions are set to be "potent" and "memorable". Thanks to pressure between northern Europe and the Arctic region, a chilling wave of air is set to sink south.
It is now feared that the dramatic change in conditions could close airports in scenes reminiscent of the winter of 2010 and 2011.
As a result, The Local Government Association said it is closely monitoring weather reports.
Environment spokesman Martin Tett said: "Councils are fully prepared to protect residents and minimise disruption with temperatures set to drop.
"They are constantly monitoring up-to-the-minute weather reports to make sure they can stay one step ahead of the weather.
"We are well prepared for the cold with salt stockpiled and a fleet of state-of-the-art gritters ready to be deployed."
Exacta Weather's James Madden added: "The Arctic and North Atlantic Oscillation will both start to trend more towards negative territory from this point forward and this will also begin to build the right conditions for a colder than average winter this year.
"This does not dispel some very mild weather at times during the end of October and throughout the upcoming winter as the negative NAO may not be consistently negative throughout the remainder of autumn and the upcoming winter period.
"Despite this there will be phases of strongly negative plunges particularly from December to January.
"This will result in some very potent or potentially memorable periods of cold and snow within this period for many parts of the country, and despite some swings to milder weather at times, the colder periods of weather should be taken seriously and prepared for sooner rather than later, so that people aren't taken by surprise when these wintry blasts do occur."
Cheap November holiday ideas
Cheap November holiday ideas
Cyprus is a year-round destination, with Paphos being the focus for most visitors in autumn. The coastal city has plenty of charm, with an excellent selection of bars and restaurants. Take a trip to the scenic Troodos Mountains, where you see the ancient monasteries, and even ski! And, of course, the chances of amazing weather are superb - just the tonic to fight off the cold weather blues. On the Beach offers a seven-night holiday in Paphos, staying at the four-star Capital Coast Resort and Spa and flying from Gatwick on 18 November, from £207 per person.
November is the perfect time to see the Northern Lights and explore Iceland's exciting capital Reykjavik. Take in the colourful harbour and stunning Old Town, with its many bars and restaurants, or venture outside the city to get the best view of the Northern Lights, enjoy the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, or even take in a spot of whale watching. A two-night break in Reykjavik costs from £207 per person with Travel Republic, including return flights from Gatwick departing 15 November and accommodation at Luna Hotel Apartments.
For a complete change of pace, head for Goa to enjoy rest and relaxation in November. Many travellers who go to this part of India do so for no less than three weeks due to it being extremely cheap for an exotic destination. If you are a big fan of Benidorm, perhaps give Goa a miss. But if you want to slow right down, you can get your flip flops on, enjoy the hot sunshine, picturesque beaches and warm Goan hospitality. Southall Travel offers a seven-night holiday at the four-star Devasthali Resort, located just a few minutes away from beautiful Hollant Beach in Dabolim, from just £599 per person. The price includes bed and breakfast accommodation and return flights from Heathrow departing 15 November.
Yes, really! From 2 November 2016, this Caribbean island will be accessible to all as Norwegian is resuming its cheap winter sun route from London Gatwick to Puerto Rico from just £159 one way, or £249.20 return. Puerto Rico's off-peak season runs from May through November, meaning you can enjoy the last of it and make the most of hotel rates slashed by up to 40 per cent. Casa Blanca Hotel, located in Old San Juan, for example, offers rooms from £85 per night in November. In Puerto Rico's capital city San Juan, you can admire 16th-century buildings, explore the vibrant bar scene and soak up the sunshine on the beaches of Escambron and Condado.
A November trip to Orlando is around 40 per cent cheaper than going in the busy summer months and still warm enough to get a glow from the sun. If you're travelling with toddlers, you also don’t have to waiver in the summer heat and can avoid the busy crowds in the theme parks. For those who love to shop, Orlando's outlets are the perfect place to do your Christmas shopping, but be prepared to buy extra luggage on your way home to cater for your shopping splurges. Travel Trolley offers a seven-night holiday at the three-star International Palms Resort with return flights from Gatwick departing 15 November from £547 per person.
Lanzarote is a marvellous place to explore in November, particularly early in the month, when temperatures reach up to 25C and you can still swim in the sea. The added bonus is that it offers great value at this time of year and there are far fewer people about. The north of the island is a must-visit if you like to be away from the crowds to discover beautiful beaches and incredible landscapes. Adults-only hotel Barcelo Teguise Beach offers rooms from just £64 per night in November. The hotel, on the south-eastern coast of the island, boasts two infinity pools, stylish rooms and a chic new spa.
Alanya offers a great blend of history in a modern tourist resort. The Turkish beach spot is ideal for couples looking to escape autumn in the UK. With the already excellent value of a holiday in Turkey and a wonderful choice of all-inclusive resorts, you can book a trip to Alanya in November for a bargain while avoiding the summer crowds. On the Beach offers seven nights at the Alaiye Kleopatra Hotel on an all-inclusive basis with flights from Gatwick on 18 November from £262 per person.
You can visit Cape Verde virtually all year round due to the fantastic weather and lack of rain. November is a lovely time to visit as temperatures average 26C and you can expect only four rainy days in the entire month. The glorious weather is not the only reason to visit Cape Verde as the beaches are as dreamy as they come, too. Ice Lolly offers a seven-night holiday on the island of Sal from £395 per person, including flights from Manchester and a stay at the four-star Murdeira Village.
Bag a bargain in Prague as November is the perfect time to enjoy five-star luxury for under £100 and enjoy the beautiful city just before the Christmas rush. Wrap up warm as strolling through Prague's Old Town with its astronomical clock or crossing Charles Bridge is truly wonderful in November. EasyJet Holidays offers a two-night holiday in Prague from £99, including a stay at the three-star Hotel Prague Centre Superior and return flights from Gatwick departing 28 November.
Sofia is a fabulously affordable European destination and travellers can snap up some great deals in November. The city bears an amazing array of domed buildings which dot across its skyline, like the incredible Aleksander Nevski Cathedral, which is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world and well worth a look, both inside and outside. It can get chilly in November so you can wrap up warm and indulge in a Turkish-style coffee or two along the way. Opodo offers a three-night trip to Sofia for £102 per person, including flights from Stansted on 14 November, returning to Gatwick and a stay at the Ramada Sofia.
With warm, sunny days, gorgeous beaches and natural beauty that will leave you coming back for more, Portugal's Algarve is one of our favourite places in Europe for a holiday in November. The beautiful region provides visitors with delicious cuisine, sprawling golf courses and crowd-free islands to explore. British Airways Holidays offers seven nights at the three-star Solar De Sao Joao, from £179 per person, travelling when you book before 5 November for travel after 8 November. The deal includes return flights from Gatwick and accommodation.